Kotaku is reporting EA is saying that come this fall SW:TOR is going free to play.
EA later said in a press release that The Old Republic will go free-to-play this November. The game will be available for $15 starting August 7, a price that also includes a month of free play.
According to their press release Bioware will have two methods to play:
Subscription – A service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
Free-To-Play – The first 50 levels will be Free-to-Play, with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be “unlocked” with Cartel Coins.
So if you hung up your blasters and lightsabers feel ‘free’ to pull them out again this fall. I know I still have the client installed but have had ZERO interest in going back, but in a FTP setting I may at least check it out from time to time like I do LOTRO.
EDIT: I guess you have to go FTP when your subscriber base dries up. Kotaku is also reporting that SW:TOR has less than a million subscribers now. The game is less than a year old, this isn’t good for Bioware.